JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: May 18, 2014

Vince Young announces retirement (Image 1)

Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Terrence Metcalf…

  • Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly is involved in the fight of his life, trying to overcome steep odds against a cancer that has spread to a number of places in his body.

    The former Buffalo Bills quarterback has pretty much been flat on his back for the past two months, as he is undergoing massive doses of chemotherapy and radiation.

    Kelly’s family has been right by his side all the time since his first diagnosis.

    On Mother’s Day, Kelly managed to dance with his wife and mother of his children, Jill. They held each other in his hospital room before he went back to bed.

    Cancer doesn’t care if you are an athlete, a preacher, a cowboy or a wino living on the streets. It has claimed too many lives, but progress is being made and those who would have been dead 10 years ago are now living a good life.

    I hope Jill and Jim Kelly will be dancing next Mother’s Day.

  • It didn’t take long for the Cleveland Browns to figure out Vince Young was not the answer for them at quarterback.

    They dumped him in what had to be record time for someone who had signed a contract.

    Young says he has a position as an ambassador for his alma mater, Texas. I recommend he takes them up on the offer and quit trying to pretend he can make an NFL roster.

    It was the biggest blunder Bud Adams made while the Titans were in Tennessee. Adams incorrectly thought Young could duplicate what he did in taking Texas to a national championship in beating Southern Cal in one of the most exciting national championship games in history.

    But Young never mastered the mental part of the sport and for an NFL quarterback to be successful they have to recognize what defenses are doing to them and how to counter it.

  • Is anyone surprised that former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam failed to inform the NFL, all NFL teams, including the one that drafted him that he is making a documentary of his being the first NFL player to declare he was gay?

    The cameras were rolling when Sam got a phone call from Rams coach Jeff Fisher. He was highly emotional, which I understand. But to carry on with kissing and hugging his significant other with the cameras rolling was carrying it over the top. I didn’t think it was suitable for the broad-based audience that ESPN and NFL Network has.

    It was not just one kiss as most outlets cut it down to. It wasn’t fair to the NFL, or the Rams, which took him in the seventh round. It would have been interesting to see if any other team would have drafted him if the Rams had passed on him.

    Michael Sam has to live his life the way he chooses. I have no problem with that. But he also needs to learn what it means to be a professional.

  • Mitchell Wilbekin had committed to Tulsa when Danny Manning was the coach there. When Manning took the job at Wake Forest, Wilbekin de-committed and will join Manning at Wake.

    Does the name sound familiar? It should. He is the brother of former Florida Gator point guard Scottie Wilbekin. Mitchell averaged 15 points, 2.8 steals and 2.1 assists at the Rock School in Florida.

    He is 6-1, 165 pounds and was ranked a 3-star recruit by   

  • We know Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy is a man. He told the world when he exploded during a press conference several years ago.

    While I thought Gundy was a goober for losing control of his emotions that day, I applaud him for how he handled the NCAA penalty handed down to the Cowboys program for falling just short in a four-year APR performance report.

    The team will have two practice hours per week this season after their APR score was .09 points short of the required mark.

    Gundy took it like a man. He pointed the finger at himself.

    “I’m in charge,’’ he said. “It’s not the AD’s fault. It’s not the president’s fault. It’s not anyone’s fault but mine.’’

  • Viola Greenwood just turned 15 years old and is a promising golfer who learned the game from her father, former PGA Tour professional Bobby Greenwood of Cookeville.

    Viola is the AAU National Champion in her age group and has been invited to he AAU Olympics later this summer.

    Too soon to tell but there may be another professional in the Greenwood family in the future.

  • When breaking down the recent NFL draft class, ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski showered praise on former Vanderbilt wide receiver, Jordan Matthews.

    Jaws went on to predict that Matthews will be this season’s offensive Rookie of the Year.

  • It was not unusual to see the SEC top all conferences with 49 players getting drafted. The ACC had 42 players picked while the Pac 12 had 34. Big Ten had 30 players taken and the Big 12 had 17 drafted.

    The SEC had 11 players taken in the first round, the ACC had five.

    LSU led all teams with nine players drafted. Alabama and Notre Dame saw eight of their players picked in the seven-round draft.

    National champion Florida State had seven players drafted, with Ohio State and Stanford got six taken in the draft.

  • I found this interesting. In the first round there were five players who were 5-star recruits in high school.

    There were 10 4-stars, 15 3-stars and two 2-stars. Bryce Brown was drafted as a running back and he never played a down in college.

    It was also the first times since the 1930s that no Unifersity of Texas players were picked in the draft.

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